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Common Causes of Chicago Car Accidents

There are many causes of car accidents in Chicago. At Agruss Law Firm, LLC, our accident lawyers frequently investigate accidents involving the following:

Driver Impairment Over 350 fatal car accidents in Illinois in 2010 were alcohol-related. Other forms of impairment include fatigue, illness and use of drugs, including over-the-counter medication, prescription medication and illegal drugs.

Defective Car Parts Faulty vehicle parts, such as brake failures or seat belts, can lead to serious and potentially fatal car accidents.

Poor Road Conditions Potholes or uneven pavement can lead to deadly accidents. Other potential hazards include substances on the road, foreign obstacles and icy roadways.

Speeding Driving at a speed that exceeds safe conditions based on the weather, traffic or road conditions, or exceeding the posted speed limit, often causes car accidents throughout Illinois.

Distracted Driving While Chicago has laws banning forms of distracted driving, such as using a cell phone behind the wheel, thousands of drivers fail to abide by these laws and put others in danger.

Injuries Common in Car Accidents

Car accidents can lead to many injuries. While most accidents cause only minor injuries such as bruises and car accident attorney soreness, other accidents can cause devastating damage in a matter of seconds. Common injuries associated with Chicago car accidents include:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), which results from impact with an object, such as a steering wheel.

Spinal cord injury, which can cause paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia and hemiplegia.

Neck injuries, which are must likely to result from rear-end collisions.

Broken bones, which often occurs when a victim braces for impact.

Amputation. In serious car accidents, some victims suffer when a body part is completely severed. Other injuries, such as a crushed limb, require surgical amputation.